On this episode of Legends, the story deviates from the Mallus plot to focus on the least fleshed out character on the team, Zari.
The episode starts with the team returning from a mission set during the Battle of Waterloo and 1975. Zari was left on the ship for a maintenance checkup but she tries and uploads a simulator on the ship’s AI, Gideon, that allows finding loopholes in history. Of course, it doesn’t go correctly and Gideon is shut down. This leads to a big confrontation between Zari and Sara.
I think it’s important to note that Zari hasn’t been that strong of a character this season; contributing very little to the main story, even though we know she has a major role in the episodes to come. But her interactions with the other Legends is kept to a minimum, but this episode isn’t the case. While in the engine room, a liquid spills on Zari and moments later, the ship blows up. She then awakes suddenly an hour before the explosion towards the end of her confrontation with Sara. We then discover that she’s stuck in a time loop and from this point forward, the episode is pure joy.
As I’ve mentioned countless times in past reviews, Legends is a series that plays around with different genres and pays clear homages to classic films and in this episode, they pay tribute to 1993’s Groundhog Day. Zari enlist the help of Nate, who was amazing this episode, and every time she restarts time, she says ‘Groundhogs Day’ and he immediately gets what’s going on and does his best to help.
Zari learns to appreciate the team and discovers that they are great people. At the same time, we the audience learn so much more about the Legends as well; Nate and Amaya are clearly in love and learn to settle things and talk about their relationship going forward. Mick is a writer in his spare time writing a sci-fi novel, which Zari loves and offers him words of encouragement.
Zari finally learns to appreciate Ray who’s been the nicest person to her since she’s been brought on board the ship. She also learns to appreciate Sara as a Captain and understands why she is the way she is. She also tells Sara to ask Agent Sharpe out, she grows to love and appreciate each member, while also having some fun.
Then towards the end, we discover that it was all a simulation. At first, this may sound upsetting, but we learn through Gideon that if Zari leaves the Legends then she’ll never save her home in 2042. So, Gideon runs the simulation Zari uploads on her to help her appreciate and ultimately love the Legends for who they are.
Although they may have taken a break from fighting and traveling to different eras, it’s always fun to see interactions between a team, especially when they all work so well together. The episode did what it set out to do and that’s to grow Zari into a character and while I’m on board with her now, I hope to see her role become more prominent as the plot with Mallus progresses.
Episode Twelve of Legends of Tomorrow airs Monday, January 26 at 8:00 pm EST on the CW.